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Hanson proves to coach, herself she can play

March 27, 2015

SHERIDAN — On Dec. 6, 2014, Tiana Hanson wasn’t expecting to spend her Saturday night dealing with a bully. The Sheridan College women’s basketball team was on their home floor at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome with a matchup against the tough North Dakota State College of Science. Not even halfway through the season, Hanson Read More

Powers’ leadership shows on, off the mat

March 26, 2015

SHERIDAN — When Kerry Powers took to the mat this season, he had one major advantage over his opponents. They had never wrestled him before. They had never seen him wrestle before, so they had no idea what the 220-pounder was capable of. If you don’t know much about Powers, don’t feel bad. Although he’s Read More

Column: Shining moment in NCAA tourney

March 25, 2015

One of my least favorite moments in March Madness history was watching Adam Morrison ball his eyes out at center court in 2006. Morrison was the Co-Player of the Year that year (J.J. Redick), and his Gonzaga Bulldogs were a three-seed in the tourney facing off against two-seed UCLA. The Bruins scored the final 11 Read More

ROBBI RYAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sheridan junior earns Gatorade’s national award

March 20, 2015

SHERIDAN — When 6-foot-1 center Dylan Wright flew over an obstacle, somebody had to catch her. It was a team building function for the Sheridan High School girls basketball team, and 5-foot-8 Robbi Ryan braced herself as Wright came flying her way. The attempted catch didn’t go as planned, but it didn’t matter. Ryan put Read More

Column: Kentucky against the world

March 18, 2015

When the final horn of the college basketball season sounds in Indianapolis on April 6 and I fail to show up to work on the 7th, just know that I’ve enjoyed covering and writing about sports for you fine folks over the last 10 months. It’ll just be hard for me to come back to Read More

Semifinal heartbreaker: Lady Broncs lose 51-47 to Cheyenne East

March 13, 2015

SHERIDAN — Some coaches say defense wins games. Others put the emphasis on the foul line. Cheyenne East utilized both to take down the Sheridan Lady Broncs, 51-47, in yesterday’s state tournament semifinal matchup. While the Lady Thunderbirds shot just 61 percent from the charity stripe in the game, they got there a lot, especially Read More

Broncs fall to Kelly Walsh in opening round of state

SHERIDAN — A very poor afternoon offensively hurt the Sheridan High School boys basketball team in the opening round of the 4A state tournament as the Broncs fell to the Kelly Walsh Trojans 58-41. After both the Broncs and Trojans finished first in their respective conferences this season, a first-round matchup between the two teams Read More

Robbi Ryan named Wyoming girls basketball Gatorade Player of the Year

March 12, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School’s Robbi Ryan has been awarded the prestigious honor of Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the state of Wyoming. According to the Gatorade website, the Gatorade Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize and celebrate the nation’s most outstanding high school talents for their Read More

Column: Let the madness begin

March 11, 2015

Hopefully everyone is tying up any and all loose ends at their office this week. Sunday begins a three-week stretch of sick days, slow internet speeds and pure madness. It’s Selection Sunday, the greatest sports day of the year, at least until the round of 64, or the opening round, or whatever they are calling Read More

Broncs fall to Gillette 66-64 in regionals

March 9, 2015

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys basketball team has made a habit of playing in games that come down to the wire, but they were on the wrong end of things in Saturday’s 4A East regional championship game against Gillette. After the Broncs squeaked out with a three-point win in the regional semifinal the Read More

Sheridan falls to Gillette 66-64 in regional championship

March 7, 2015

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys basketball team has made a habit of playing in games that come down to the wire, but they were on the wrong end of things in Satuday’s 4A East regional championship game against Gillette. Each team had a 9-0 run in the game, but neither team let the Read More

Broncs pull out a win against Cheyenne Central at home Friday

SHERIDAN — The hometown Sheridan crowd wiped its collective brow when Cody Williams scored on a fast-break layup with 36 seconds remaining in the Sheridan boys basketball team’s regional semifinal matchup with Cheyenne Central last night. Less than 30 seconds before that layup, with the game tied at 41, Sheridan point guard Dylan Daniels was Read More

What goes into hosting a regional tournament?

March 6, 2015

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys and girls basketball teams have a lot on their side heading into this weekend’s regional tournament. They both get a first-round bye, which automatically puts them into the state tournament. They will be playing simply for pride and for state tournament seeding. They also have home-court advantage. The Read More

Unlikely story: NSI boys basketball headed to state

March 5, 2015

SHERIDAN — It’s Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. It’s the third day of the 1A regional tournament at Laramie High School. The Normative Services Inc. Academy boys basketball team is about to take on its toughest challenge of the year, going up against the top-seeded Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket. Read More

Column: Road to state 4A titles begin Friday

March 4, 2015

It’s finally March. A basketball fan’s dream. Between arguing with my TV when Joe Lunardi puts Indiana as a 10-seed and streaming the Atlantic Sun tournament on ESPN3, I find time to enjoy some local madness as well. The 4A East regional tournament kicks off tomorrow at Sheridan High School, and it should be a Read More

Lady Rams take down Pine Bluffs to clinch state berth

March 2, 2015

BIG HORN — The Big Horn Lady Rams basketball team is heading to the state tournament. When Big Horn took the hardwood Saturday afternoon against rival Tongue River, the only thing on the line was pride and state tourney seeding. Saturday morning’s matchup with Pine Bluffs was the important one, and the Lady Rams put Read More

Sheridan drops two games to Gillette to end regular season play

February 28, 2015

SHERIDAN — It was a tough end to the regular season for both Sheridan High School boys and girls basketball teams last night, dropping two games with Gillette on senior night. The girls kicked off the evening at Sheridan High School. Well, most of the girls. The Lady Broncs’ leading scorer, Robbi Ryan, wasn’t kicking Read More

Big Horn boys and girls split with Burns

February 27, 2015

BIG HORN — Both the Big Horn girls and boys basketball teams opened up the 2A East Regional Tournament against the Burns Broncs yesterday, splitting the games in favor of the boys. Third quarters have been the Achille’s heel for the Big Horn girls all season long, and another rough third quarter cost them in Read More

Sheridan, Gillette face off Friday

February 26, 2015

SHERIDAN — Gillette. Sheridan. That’s all you really have to say to get the blood pumping in the veins of basketball fans in Sheridan County. It’s a rivalry that rarely disappoints, and tomorrow’s matchup between the two schools should be as intense as ever. There will be a lot at stake in the gym at Read More

Column: Long live the court storm

February 25, 2015

After Kansas State defeated Kansas on Monday, the mass of Kansas State students in the bleachers left their seats and made their way to the court at Bramlage Coliseum. It was a party, a celebration after defeating the eighth-ranked team in the country and the crosstown rival. But there was something wrong with Monday’s court Read More


February 21, 2015

“The sunsets in Sheridan are beautiful. There are times when we play, and we stop and just go ‘look at that.’ You just don’t get to see that anywhere else.” — Zane Garstad SHERIDAN — Bittersweet. That’s the word being tossed around by the Sheridan Hawks hockey team as they head into the final home Read More

Lady Generals topple Gillette: Women have near-lock on No. 2 seed

February 18, 2015

SHERIDAN — With 30 seconds to go, Sheridan College head women’s basketball coach Frank McCarthy subbed in Morgan Thiel for Zuzana Talackova, and all five Sheridan sophomores were on the floor. A possession later, McCarthy subbed all five of them out together with one final ovation and a 79-65 victory over Gillette College. It was Read More

Generals fall short in matchup with Gillette: Lufile nabs 23 points, 25 rebounds in Tuesday matchup

SHERIDAN — As Gillette College head coach Shawn Neary stood in the hallway outside the visitor’s locker room at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome last night, his son gave him a bit of a recap of the game against the Sheridan Generals. “He had 23 and 25,” the young Neary said. “He killed you guys, Read More

Column: Charging call needs a little work

Ask any basketball coach at any level, and they’ll tell you how important taking a charge can be to a game. Sheridan College head coach Matt Hammer gets on his guys on a daily basis for not stepping over and taking a charge. For a defender to have that in his arsenal can become crucial Read More

11 3-pointers not enough as Broncs fall to Central

February 16, 2015

SHERIDAN — They say you live or die by the three, and after the long ball helped the Sheridan Broncs comeback and win on Friday night, the shots just weren’t falling in Saturday’s 48-42 loss to Cheyenne Central. It took more than 16 minutes for the Sheridan boys to score a two-pointer — a Blake Read More

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